Video of the day: “100″
“In October 2011 I started documenting people in the city of Amsterdam, approaching them in the street and asking them to say their age in front of the camera. My aim was to ‘collect’ a group of 100 people, from age 0 to 100. At first my collection grew fast but slowed down when it got down to the very young and very old. The young because of sensivity around filming or photographing children and the very old because they don’t get out of the house much. I found my very old ‘models’ in care homes and it was a privilege to document these -often vulnerable- people for this project. I had particular problems finding a 99 year-old. (Apparently 100 year-olds enjoy notoriety, but a 99 year-old is a rare species…) And when I finally did find one, she refused to state her age. She simply denied being 99 years old! But finally, some 4 months after I recorded my first ‘age’, I was able to capture the ‘missing link’ and conclude this project. Enjoy.”
- Jeroen Wolf, filmmaker, Amsterdam.
This video was way too blogworthy for a simple Tweet. It had me grinning from ear-to-ear by the end of it. What can I say? Mortality is effective shiss.
It’s unlikely that anyone will believe me (aside from the couple of tight friends I told), but I had this VERY IDEA two years ago. I was even going to apply for a filmmaking grant!
My project fell by the wayside, but I’m so very glad that Jeroen Wolf’s didn’t.
Kudos on a job well done. I’m feeling more inspired to get back to my art right now than I have in weeks. It’s been a while. Maybe I’ll start restoring some frescos…